Located just a short walk from the South Island’s Mataura River, and known for its famous mayfly hatches, Nokamai Station is the perfect blend of fly fishing lodge and New Zealand farm stay. The station is one of New Zealand’s largest and is owned and operated by the wonderfully hospitable Hore family. Over 12 miles of the Mataura River run through the station giving guests exclusive access to their world-class fishery. It addition to the Mataura, Nokomai’s central location gives its guide team access to over twenty other rivers and streams all within a 90 minute drive.
Accommodations and Meals:
Situated just one hours drive from Queenstown and Te Anau. Nokomai has four comfortable, spacious one or two bedroom cottages, and a wonderful dining room located in the old stone historic house originally built in 1870's, and restored in 2000 as a Millennium project. Meals are hearty home-style meals, often incorporating fresh produce and game from the property.
New Zealand is one of the world’s most unique and challenging trout fisheries where anglers have the opportunity to spot their trout before casting to it. Sight fishing (which comprises about 75% of down under angling) is demanding and intense by Western fishing standards. The fish are large and wary, the streams and rivers in which they live are often crystal clear and interestingly enough, anglers are their only formidable natural predator. As a result, Kiwi fish can be very spooky. When stalking these fish, the perfect first cast is the ultimate weapon. Generally the key to success down under is not the ability to make long casts, but rather the ability to make gentle accurate presentations under pressure. More often than not, your target will be between 20 and 40 feet away. Anglers who embrace the necessary skills might expect to land three to four fish a day between three and five pounds. Shots at larger fish will present themselves, but hooking and landing the really large specimens should be considered a hard earned bonus, as opposed to a baseline expectation.
Casting and Presentation
All stream fishing is done by wading and casting upstream. The fly is then “dead-drifted” over the back of the fish. You do not have to be a genuinely expert caster as you usually get several chances on each fish. However, you should be able to cast twenty feet of line and put the fly close to a dinner plate sized target. If you can also do this on your knees, or when you have a tree limb in front or behind you, or when it is breezy, so much the better. No one gets it right all the time but each and every day you will get some easy and some not so easy shots.
2020 Rates: $4,825 per person for a 7 night/6 day package
Included: Accommodations, all meals and alcoholic beverages, guiding and access fees.
Not Included: Transportation to and from the lodge, optional fly-outs by fixed-wing aircraft or helicopter, gratuities
Species: Rainbow trout, brown trout
Lodge Capacity: 8 anglers